San Jose (5-5-0–10 pts.)
Colorado (3-6-1–7 pts.)
TV: CSN California
Radio: 98.5 KFOX and Sharks Radio Network, nhl.com
Time: 12:00pm PST
While there were treats early on for the San Jose Sharks to start their 25th Anniversary season, a whole bunch of tricks have occurred since, and sadly not talking hat tricks. Coming off a 5-3 loss to the Best in the West in Dallas, the Sharks finish up a weekend road trip with another nooner, this time against the Colorado Avalanche.
Many questioned the reasoning behind starting backup netminder Alex Stalock against one of the best teams in the league. We may never know, but rest assured, Martin Jones will start between the pipes in Colorado. And barring some surprises, expect to see the same lineup and lines for Team Teal in the Mile High City.
Joonas Donskoi – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Barclay Goodrow – Ben Smith – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Matt Tennyson
While the Sharks are 1-5 in their last six, they have also dealt with many players on schnides. Those who don’t know what schnide means it’s a rough stretch of games where a player has dealt with scoreless streak. Here’s who has been struggling:
Patrick Marleau: goalless in last 6 games
Tomas Hertl: goalless and 2 assists in last 7 games
Joonas Donskoi: scoreless in last 4 games
Chris Tierney: goalless and 1 assist in last 7 games
Three of those players are in the top six. No wonder Joe Pavelski is getting focused on so much. Time for primary and secondary scoring to get going.
At one time, San Jose had an 8-point cushion on last place Los Angeles and Anaheim. While the Ducks are still struggling, the Kings’ 7 game winning streak has them leading the division while the Sharks are currently out of a playoff position with teams leapfrogging them day by day.
Today begins a four game stretch of inferior opponents:
Today at Colorado
Tuesday vs. Columbus
Thrusday vs. Florida
Saturday vs. Anaheim
It’s games like these that Team Teal has played down to their opponents’ levels and let what should be an easy victory slip away. To get back into an already tight playoff race, you should win these games. But yes, the perverbial cliche “one game at a time” is required here.
As for the Colorado Avalanche, they too also have lost five of their last six games entering today’s match. They come off a three game road trip finishing with a 3-2 loss to Carolina, going 1-2-0 in the process. That one win on the road also matches the same amount of victories they have at home.
So it’s as big of a game in November as it gets. Can the Sharks end their schnides personally and as a team? Or will the Avs send Team Teal home starting to wonder if a repeat of last season is underway.
As always, we will have Pucknology After Dark for you after the game with analysis, strong opinions, and of course you feedback and tweets!
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